Thursday 3rd May will see the City of Liverpool College host the North West Regional Heat of CITB’s SkillBuild 2018 – the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices.
Entrants will compete against each other over a series of competitions to be crowned a winner in one of ten chosen trades, including bricklaying, carpentry, painting and decorating, joinery and stonemasonry.
Alongside the competition, the College is hosting a trade show featuring local and national construction companies including Kier, Morgan Sindall, Crown and Rollins, who will be providing information, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all attendees.
The trade show will provide an opportunity for young talent to meet with prospective employers, facilitating potential job opportunities as well as giving businesses the chance to develop their talent pools.
Elaine Bowker, principal of the City of Liverpool College, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be hosting this year’s regional heat of SkillBuild. There is some fantastic talent coming out of the North West in these trades which are facing ever-growing skills gaps. These skills are essential to our economy, so it’s important that we celebrate the talent and passion that exists in the region.
“At the City of Liverpool College, our students are given opportunities to work with major businesses and receive training from industry leaders, which is essential to their development and makes a huge difference to their job prospects.
“The event promises to be an exciting and interactive day and we’d encourage anyone who is interested in seeing these skills showcased to come along.”
The North West heat is one of the Regional Qualifiers held across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which are held to decide who will take part in the national final – a three-day competition held at the NEC in Birmingham – where the winners will be crowned the best in the country.
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